The University of Arizona

University of Arizona Announces New Office of Transfer Credit and Articulation

In an ongoing effort to better serve the needs of transfer students, the University of Arizona will create the Office of Transfer Credit and Articulation. Spearheaded by the Office of the Provost and Student Affairs Enrollment Management/Academic Initiative Student Success (SAEM/AISS), the new office will serve as a dedicated department for current and future transfer students, providing them with access to transfer credit and articulation services. 


“As a former transfer student myself, I know how hard it is for students to determine which credits are transferrable, the time to complete a degree, and the cost of degree options,” said Nicole Kontak, Senior Director of Transfer Curriculum & Transfer Student Center. “With the creation of this office, we’re empowering students because they’ll have answers to these questions before they even apply.” 

The announcement comes at a critical time for higher education institutions and transfer students alike as enrollment in community colleges are projected to grow from 6.5 to 8.2 million students by 2025. Given that nearly 46% of students who completed a degree at a four-year institution were previously enrolled in a two-year institution, there is a pressing need for universities to improve their transfer process. 


“Transfer students are an instrumental part of our institution,” said Gail Burd, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. “With the Office of Transfer Credit and Articulation, we are easing the transfer process and providing students with all the tools and resources that they need to succeed.” 

For Kasey Urquidez, Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs Advancement and Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, the initiative is one that is full of progress and opportunities.

“We see this as an amazing opportunity to continue our ongoing commitment to the provision of resources and information to current and prospective transfer students, “said Urquidez. “All the while, an opportunity to enhance our recruitment, enrollment, and retention of transfer students.” 

Many UA leaders, such as Andrew Comrie, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, also sees the initiative as a key driver of sustainability in UA’s model of student success. 

“To date, important university investments have been made to plan and support all students, including active learning environments and best practices in pedagogy,” said Comrie. “We are leveraging these investments forward with the creation of this office and best of all, making it easier for transfer students to receive a meaningful and fulfilling educational experience at UA.”

The Office of Transfer Credit and Articulation will partner with UA faculty and departments, other universities, community colleges, and outside parties to create, clarify, and communicate articulation policies. Moving forward, the office will embark on a large scale, two to three-year project to develop a comprehensive catalog of articulation rules. These rules will then be built into UAccess to provide students with detailed information about course, degree, and graduation requirements. 

“The Office of Transfer Credit and Articulation is a critical investment in our students and their future,” said Melissa Vito, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives and Student Success. “Not only will it enrich the lives of our current students, it also ensures that future students will have access to a world-class education and find success at the UA for years to come.” 

UA staff questions can be directed to Nicole Kontak, Students can be directed to the the Transfer Student Center in the Memorial Student Union, 4th floor, or via email